For six years now the superbly intelligent and literate Sweeping The Nation blog has been running the UK Bloggers Album of the Year poll, with each blog submitting (or in some cases Sweeping The Nation filching) their top ten LP’s of the year for some sort of points scoring contest that smooths out any idiosyncrasies of potential and arguable ‘poor taste.' For example the Breaking More Waves choice of Ellie Goulding in the top 10 was hardly likely to be replicated by the rest of the blogosphere – mainstream commercial female fronted pop music albums have nearly always received short change in end of year polls from anything outside ‘true pop’ blogs.
The poll gives us a good aggregation of what LP’s have been collectively floating UK bloggers boats over the past 12 months. The list shows some of the differences in UK bloggers tastes to our American cousins over the pond – for example there is very little hip hop on the list – but then maybe that’s because of the sample of blogs chosen to compile the list.
From the Breaking More Waves perspective it’s also interesting to see where we fall in line with our UK music blog peer group and it seems there’s a fair degree of commonality (Ellie Goulding being an exception) with 7 of our 10 albums of the year featuring in the Top 75 and 3 of our 10 being in the Top 10. The full list of 75 albums can be found at Sweeping the Nation – the link is below. We raised a little cheer when we saw that Hurts came above Crystal Castles and Gorillaz in the poll, were a little disappointed to find that Stornoway haven’t picked up the love from bloggers that we hoped they would and are startled to see that Midlake’s preposterous sleep inducing dirge of prog-folk got any votes at all, but that is the beauty of opinion and taste.
Here’s a summary of our top ten which we voted for with links to each individual blog, followed by a couple of tracks from Sweeping The Nation’s own number 1 album of the year (and number 10 in the poll) Romance Is Boring by Los Campesinos!
The National – High Violet – Our #1 Blogger Poll #1
We said “Subtle and perfectly executed musicianship and songs.”
Hurts – Happiness – Our #2 Blogger Poll #28
We said “In a world where 'alternative' often means recording some fuzzy guitar and wailing vocals and doing a blurred photo shoot, by doing something so uncool and opposite to what most music fans expect, Hurts are in an odd way a real alternative.”
Sleigh Bells – Treats – Our #3 Blogger Poll #8
We said “A journey of youthful noise, out on the town, with its knickers off, ready to shag against a wall.”
Caitlin Rose – Own Side Now – Our #4 Blogger Poll #12
We said “Own Side Now is rooted in tradition and is hardly ground breaking, but that doesn't matter when it’s bedecked with this much quality.”
Stornoway – Beachcomber’s Windowsill – Our #5 Blogger Poll N/A
We said “If you’re feeling bad about life this cold winter, put on Beachcomber’s Windowsill; it will warm your soul.”
Zola Jesus – Stridulum II – Our #6 Blogger Poll #39
We said “A doomsday pop record full of emotion, vulnerability and accessible songs.”
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can – Our #7 Blogger Poll #3
We said “Musically evocative.”
Ellie Goulding – Lights – Our #8 Blogger Poll N/A
We said “Lights is a quality pop album that stands up to the weight of hype.”
Salem – King Night – Our #9 Blogger Poll N/A
We said “Like a druggy Halloween screw in a graveyard”
Perfume Genius – Learning – Our #10 Blogger Poll #36
We said “It’s the angsty, fragile and rawness of its whole that makes it such a brilliantly affecting album.”There Are Listed Buildings by Los Campesinos!
Romance Is Boring by Los Campesinos!
The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future by Los Campesinos!